fe·​roc·​i·​ty | \ fə-ˈrä-sə-tē How to pronounce ferocity (audio) \

Definition of ferocity

: the quality or state of being ferocious the ferocity of the lion's attack

Examples of ferocity in a Sentence

the ferocity of the lion's attack We were stunned by the ferocity of the storm.

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Wilsey ruled this serpentine blend of the public and the private with the pizzazz of Cleopatra, the ferocity of Boudicca, and the grit of Catherine the Great. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Museum Happenings: Protesters Stage a Die-In in NYC, and Students Accuse Staff of Racism in Boston," 25 June 2019 Now that the doctors appointments had slowed and the physical treatment had almost finished, the ferocity of cancer’s emotional aftermath blindsided me. Terri Wingham, https://www.inquirer.com, "Breast cancer stole the life she had. So she started a new one.," 6 June 2019 The piece has all the dizzying intricacy and sudden bursts of ferocity that Mr. Zorn is known for. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Ojai Will Never Be the Same, Thanks to His Musical Imagination," 5 June 2019 Just how many attacks are launched, and with what ferocity, is one key thing to watch. Susan Page, USA TODAY, "Democratic debates: Four hours. 20 candidates. And a race, defined.," 26 June 2019 The signals for flooding were seen days in advance, yet the ferocity of the rainfall was still hard to fathom. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "US just topped 125-year-old, 12-month rainfall total," 10 June 2019 Stone, the youngest of three, protected Mercedez and their sister, Angelica Stone, 21, with the ferocity of an older brother. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "The lives lost at Santa Fe High School," 19 May 2018 The scale, organization and ferocity of the operation led to accusations from the international community, including the United Nations, of ethnic cleansing and even genocide. Julhas Alam, The Seattle Times, "Bangladesh official: Rohingya repatriation ready to begin," 14 Nov. 2018 This full-throttle ferocity also made its way onto the runways. Vogue, "the Animal Prints," 16 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of ferocity

1606, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ferocity

: a very fierce or violent quality : the quality or state of being ferocious


fe·​roc·​i·​ty | \ fə-ˈrä-sə-tē How to pronounce ferocity (audio) \
plural ferocities

Kids Definition of ferocity

: the quality or state of being fierce or savage

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